The flight to Reunion from Mauritius felt so easy. 35 minutes in the air. I tried to nap for the flight but didn't quite fall asleep before we got the message from the captain that we were already preparing to land.
One seat over from me on the flight was a man from Japan who had come to run the Diagonale des Fous race. With the language barrier between us we couldn't have a very detailed conversation but we exchanged contact details and wished each other luck on our respective races. He looked to be in his mid-50's and certainly wasn't making any excuses about his age stopping him from running. Read that last sentence again.
The three-letter ICAO airport identifier for Reunion Island's airport is "RUN". It could be a considered a coincidence or an omen. Upon arrival proceeding through the border control the agent stamps your passport and kindly wishes "bon courage". None of us runners have to explain why we've come to the country, they already know the reason and are glad to have us there.